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Chris Karn

Chris Karn

Senior Audio Consultant

Los Angeles, CA

Call/Text: 213.224.6441

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A life spent in the music industry for Chris Karn began with an inherited 4-track recorder and a love of classic guitar and the lute. His infatuation with both instruments led to studying them in school, but Karn's love of The Replacements and The Smiths won out and he began writing songs and working in the studio on more modern music.

Karn's commercial success with his original music is enough to make any artist envious, as he secured two record deals and scored placements in major movies and TV shows, including How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs and more. In addition to his own songwriting, Karn has also worked behind the console, earning a stellar reputation among legends like Chris Lord-Alge, Daniel Lanois, Joe Chiccarelli and John Shanks.

Working alongside these incredible studio veterans has enabled Chris to have a unique vision when it comes to creating music. His most treasured piece of studio advice comes from none other than Daniel Lanois (Bob Dylan/Neil Young). Lanois told Karn, "Turn off the Pro Tools Screen and listen to the music (don't look at it) because that is what the world will hear."

A surfer and self-professed "family guy," Chris is honored for the opportunity to be a part of the Vintage King team. He is especially grateful for the years of excellent service he's received as a Vintage King customer for nearly 20 years, and loves passing on that same quality help to others on their own quests for studio greatness.

Karn's favorite part of working at Vintage King? Helping turn any space into a warm, professional recording environment that inspires artists to create greatness. He believes that the person who enters the studio does so before you actually do physically, and stays well after you leave. "Keep that in mind when making your way in the world and all will be good!" Seems like you're on the right track, Chris.

Q & A

What is your favorite piece of gear?
Neve 1073 or Teletronix LA-2A (grey face, non-1970s).

What piece of gear changed how people work the most?
The UA Apollo.

What do you like best about working at Vintage King?
The people at Vintage King are the best at what they do. I'm honored to be here and try to emulate the incredible people who have helped me over the years in my tone quests. I really do enjoy getting the chance to help others just as Mike Nehra and the VK team had helped me over the years. I love every minute of it!!!


  • I just want to say thank you. My experience with you guys as a customer has been wonderful. Chris Karn is the guy who always takes care of me... he is so helpful, diligent and very honest on suggestions. Its always great when you can come to a contact us page to say thank you and show your gratitude rather than to complain. I have never had a problem with you guys and I would recommend you and your team with my eyes closed.

    Carlos Z., Miami, FL

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Matthew R.
I had two Grammy wins this year - Ray LaMontagne & Carolina Chocolate Drops. Both made with help from Vintage King!
Ryan F.
In almost 20 years in Pro audio buying, never did I receive a unit so well packed and exactly as described. Works flawlessly. The whole process has been so smooth. I will never hesitate to do business with you guys in the future and will recommend you to everyone I know.
Martin C.
This was my first experience buying something from Vintage King (although I surf the "used" categories on the website frequently!), and, despite being on the other side of the world, I had absolutely no trouble and everything went very smoothly.
Phil T.
The speed of delivery exceeded my expectations! I was VERY pleased that my shipment arrived in time for a scheduled vocal tracking session. The packing insured that my order arrived safely. And the sales staff responded quickly to questions regarding the product.
James P.
Thank you so much! Vintage King has been so fair and easy to work with. I can't thank you enough. It feels good to trust such a hefty purchase to folks who are so helpful and knowledgeable. Vintage King is a sound designers dream store.
Noa L.
You guys have excellent customer service and I am excited about the next upgrade I complete on my fifth recording facility. I've been in the studio business for forty plus years. The salesman I worked with at Vintage King was the best of the best. You all rock!
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Jake D.
My experience with Vintage King was excellent. The order was here fast considering it was out of stock. The sales person had SKB send it to me directly and I couldn't have been more pleased.
Michael D.
From the minute I placed my order I was kept well-informed through each step in your process. Even though I was buying a comparatively modest piece of gear, your attention to detail made me feel like I was purchasing a six-figure mixing desk.
Thomas W.
I am a new customer of yours. You guys provided me the absolute best deals in ordering all the equipment to power my brand new recording studio. Your customer service is amazing and i will always deal with you from here on out.
Rob M.
Thanks for your great service and getting this out today. You guys really are the Kings!
Alan B.
Better than expected! Truly impeccable service. Your team was professional, knowledgeable, provided speedy delivery above and beyond standard. Vintage King Audio is definitely my go to for all of my audio and information needs.
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